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The Academic Minute Radio Segment Seeks Research Submissions

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 11:30
The Academic Minute, a radio segment hosted by AAC&U president Lynn Pasquerella and produced by WAMC Northeast Public Radio, is seeking individual submissions for upcoming segments on any topic, and campuses are also encouraged to submit ideas for “weekly takeovers” featuring five separate research segments from a single institution. Please send submissions to David Hopper at dhopper@wamc.org, and be sure to tune in daily.

AAC&U Calls for Colleges and Universities to Promote Diversity and Equity

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 14:45

AAC&U has released a statement calling on colleges and universities to fulfill the promise of American higher education by promoting diversity and equity. "Identifying and overcoming the institutional structures and hidden barriers that undermine diversity is an imperative, not only for delivering a twenty-first-century liberal education that prepares students to thrive, . . . but for carrying out our nation’s historic mission of educating for democracy," the statement says.

Nominate Graduate Students for the Cross Future Leaders Award

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 16:30

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education. Award recipients will attend AAC&U's 2019 Annual Meeting in Atlanta. Nominations due October 1.

Andrew Flagel Joins AAC&U as Vice President for Advancement and Member Engagement

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 11:30

AAC&U has appointed Andrew Flagel as vice president for advancement and member engagement, effective July 1. In this role, he will help promote the mission of AAC&U by leading strategic advancement and membership growth and development.

Recent Op-Ed on the Benefits of a Liberal Arts and Sciences Education

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 10:00

“The liberal arts and sciences are not only critically important for individual career success and the overall national economy. They are also essential to our country,” wrote Frederick M. Lawrence, secretary and CEO of Phi Beta Kappa Society, in a recent op-ed for Fox News, "What Critics of a Liberal Arts and Sciences Education are Missing."

David M. Scobey Joins BTtoP as New Director

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 10:00

After fifteen years of dedicated service, Donald W. Harward, director and cofounder of Bringing Theory to Practice, is stepping down at the end of this month. Following a successful search, David M. Scobey will join BTtoP as the new project director on July 1. Read the full announcement here

Register Now for AAC&U's 2018 “Global Engagement and Spaces of Practice” Conference

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 11:30

Registration is open for AAC&U’s “Global Engagement and Spaces of Practice” conference, which will explore how institutions are connecting their campuses with communities across the street or around the globe in response to pressing issues of global concern. The meeting will be held October 11–13, 2018, in Seattle.

AAC&U President Presents Keynote at the Symposium on Engineering and Liberal Education

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 10:15

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella is presenting the keynote address, “Escaping Westworld,” at the 11th Annual Union College Symposium on Engineering and Liberal Education in Schenectady, New York, on June 1. The symposium explores how to integrate engineering and the liberal arts and diversify the STEM fields. Against the backdrop of Westworld, the hit HBO television program about an android revolution at a futuristic theme park, Pasquerella “will consider the cultural misappropriation of science in a way that has conflated science with scientism and defend integrative learning as the best preparation for grappling with the complexities of an unpredictable future.”

Joint Statement on the Value of Liberal Education by AAC&U and AAUP

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 10:15

AAC&U and the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) have released a joint statement on the economic, societal, and democratic value of liberal education.

AAC&U Webinar on "Teaching Techniques to Improve Learning and Ensure Classroom Success"

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 10:30

AAC&U's webinar will feature award-winning educators and best-selling authors Elizabeth Barkley, José Antonio Bowen, Claire Howell Major, and moderator C. Edward Watson as they discuss teaching practices proven to promote learning across disciplinary contexts. The webinar will be held June 19 at 2:00 p.m. (ET).

AAC&U Selects Nearly Two Hundred Institutions to Participate in Summer Institutes

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 14:45

AAC&U announced the nearly two hundred colleges, universities, and state systems sending participants to its four regularly scheduled 2018 summer institutes.

AAC&U President Delivers Commencement Address at Mary Baldwin University

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 13:00

Lynn Pasquerella delivered the commencement address at the graduation ceremony at Mary Baldwin University on May 20, 2018. In her address, Pasquerella stressed the importance of the liberal education that students received in preparing them to be valuable assets to their employers, the economy, and the national democracy. “The liberal education you received at this institution has equipped you with the skills necessary to confront the unscripted problems of the future and prepare you for jobs that have not yet been invented,” Pasquerella said.

AAC&U Awards Twenty-Four Grants to Spur Civic Learning in Student Majors

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 12:30

AAC&U has announced the twenty-four departments from institutions across the country that received mini-grants, supported by a grant from The Endeavor Foundation, to advance civic learning and social responsibility as expected dimensions within students’ majors.

US Senator Commends AAC&U for Work to Destigmatize Criminal Justice History

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 11:45

US Senator Brian Schatz has commended AAC&U for urging its member institutions to review policies related to students with criminal histories. On May 1, 2018, AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella responded to a request from Schatz by releasing a statement asking campuses to review admissions practices related to students' criminal justice involvement and promote discussion about initiatives like the “ban the box” movement to remove criminal justice questions from applications. “This move takes us one step further in restoring hope and opportunity for people with criminal records, who face an uphill battle in trying to improve their lives and pursue the American Dream,” Senator Schatz said in a May 15 statement. “I hope that others in the higher education community will follow their lead.”

Seeking Submissions for The Academic Minute

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 09:30

The Academic Minute radio program is seeking submissions for upcoming segments. Please send submissions to David Hopper at dhopper@wamc.org.                                      

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella is host of The Academic Minute, produced by WAMC Northeast Public Radio in partnership with AAC&U. The Academic Minute features faculty and researchers from colleges and universities around the world discussing what’s new in the academy and the ways in which academic research contributes to serving the public good. In addition to being broadcast widely on radio stations around the country, each segment is posted daily on Inside Higher Ed and across The Academic Minute’s and AAC&U’s social media portals.

The Academic Minute has particular interest in research submissions related to several specific themes:

  • Labor Day – exploring jobs, automation, and the future of work in America
  • Back to School – educational practice, especially liberal education
  • Week-Long Series – five separate research submissions from one institution
  • Other Topics – research focused on areas outside of these topics

Be sure to tune in daily to The Academic Minute, and thank you for considering this opportunity for public engagement.